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succor

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noun suc·cor \ˈsə-kər\

Definition of succor

  1. 1 :  relief; also :  aid, help

  2. 2 :  something that furnishes relief

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Examples of succor in a sentence

  1. We see it as our duty to give succor to those in need.

Did You Know?

If you're in need of an explanation of the origins of "succor," we can help. Middle English speakers adapted "socour," the predecessor of "succor," from the Anglo-French sucors, which essentially had the same meaning as our modern word. "Sucors," in turn, derives from the Medieval Latin succursus, itself a derivative of the Latin verb succurrere, meaning "to run to the rescue or "to bring aid." That Latin verb was a composite of the prefix sub- (meaning "from below") and the verb "currere" (meaning "to run"). "Succor" has been saving the day in English (as both a noun and a verb) since at least the 13th century.

Origin and Etymology of succor

Middle English socour, sucurs (taken as plural), from Anglo-French sucur, sucors, from Medieval Latin succursus, from Latin succurrere to run to the rescue, bring aid, from sub- + currere to run — more at car


First Known Use: 13th century


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succor

verb suc·cor

Definition of succor

succored

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succoring

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  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to go to the aid of :  relieve

succorer

play \ˈsə-kər-ər\ noun

13th Century

First Known Use of succor

13th century


SUCCOR Defined for English Language Learners

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succor

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noun suc·cor \ˈsə-kər\

Definition of succor for English Language Learners

  • : something that you do or give to help someone who is suffering or in a difficult situation


SUCCOR Defined for Kids

succor

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noun suc·cor \ˈsə-kər\

Definition of succor for Students

  1. :  2help 1, relief



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